Territories of Encounter: The Art Therapy Assemblage
Symposium sponsored by the Art Therapy Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Sunday, March 24, 9:30am-4:30pm

Featuring keynote speaker Pamela Whitaker, an art therapist from Dublin, Ireland who has a land-based art therapy practice called Groundswell.
She works as a project manager and community artist for environmental projects involving primary school children and their local communities. She also works as an arts and health advisor, and a research fellow within the Faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She will be presenting her ideas regarding re-shaping space, and assembling new territories for both retreat and encounter,  inspired by installation art, land art, guerrilla art, and performance art. She will also talk about how the ideas of philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychiatrist Felix Guattari have become integrated into her approach to art therapy on a community level.

Mark your calendars! More details about the symposium program and registration coming soon!
SAIC Art Therapy Professor
Dr. Savneet Talwar 
Featured Speaker
ArtFutura: Art in Motion

May 30-June 6, 2013 Chicago

The 11th annual ArtFutura event is a juried art exhibition of more than 150 emerging and established artists benefitting the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Art Therapy program. Proceeds from this event allow the hospital to maintain an Art Therapist at the hospital to work with patients. Art Therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in the creation of art is healing and life-enhancing – making a difference in the lives of people living with physical disabilities.

James Rondeau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, will serve as juror of the 2013 submissions and award three prizes ranging from $500 to $2,500. All chosen finalists’ work will be on display at in the Ryan Family Atrium of Northwestern’s Lurie Center (303 E. Superior) just two blocks from Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Selected pieces completed by patients in the Art Therapy program will also be shown in an adjacent area. The exhibit will run May 31-June 6, open to the public with volunteer docents explaining your work and all artwork available for sale. Sale prices in previous years have been $200-$5,000. This year’s ArtFutura: Art in Motion exhibition will also be featured in Chicago Gallery News.

All submissions meeting the following criteria will be eligible for jury:

  • Artwork should have been completed within the last 2 years
  • Artwork should relate to the theme “Motion
  • Each artist may submit up to 3 images at a $30 entry fee
  • Follow the RULES & GUIDELINES of the Call to Entries
  • A completed ENTRY FORM (available at
  • Materials must be received by April 2, 2013

Finalists will be notified of their selection in late-April and will receive more information about attending the Opening Night and Awards Party on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Artists’ awards will be announced and granted at this event. 

Thank you in advance for your support of our goal to provide valuable Art Therapy service to people living with disabilities served by RIC.

 Call for Proposals
The 2013 Summit program will be selected solely from proposals submitted via our new, easier-to-use online submission form, available now through midnight Sunday, April 17. Proposal submission is open to all interested professionals, and is not limited by theme.

Don't delay! 
If you'd like to share your expertise with our growing community of creative arts/expressive arts therapies professionals, be sure to complete the online application before the deadline.

Please keep in mind that the Summit is:
MULTIMODAL, featuring all of the creative arts therapies
INTERMODAL, emphasizing collaborative workshops by 2 or more specialists
MULTIDISCIPLINARY, including professionals and content from related fields

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Notification of proposal decisions will be sent via email by the end of May. The full Summit schedule, expanded continuing education opportunities, and registration details will be available online in early July.

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